Teachers Guide to Productive Academic Writing

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November 30, 2016
Writing is an arduous task that is mentally demanding. If you are working on a dissertation, a thesis, a research proposal, journal article, or grant proposal then chances you have already experienced some of those detestable moments when you don't like to write.Whether they are 'motivational roadblocks, writing blocks, or circumstantial inhibitions', you should always, as Stephen King contended, come to writing anyway but lightly. Part of this preparation is to spend sometime reading writing guides. Yes there are plenty out there but some really stand out from the rest. The title we have for you today is one such example and though it is academically focused but its insights can be extrapolated to any other writing genre.

In"How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing" Paul Silvia approaches the act of writing from a psychological perspective ( he has a PhD in Psychology) and provides effective tips on how to improve your writing quality and publish academic work. Paul views writing as a skill that can be learned and not a genetically endowed gift.As such, Paul provides an array of strategies to routine writing and make it and make it an integral part of your daily activities. He argues that:
"Writing productively is about actions that you aren't doing but could easily do: making a schedule, setting clear goals, keeping track of your work, rewarding yourself, and building good habits. Productive writers don't have special gifts or special traits, they just spend more time writing and use this time more efficiently. Changing your behaviour won't necessarily making writing fun, but it will make writing easier and less oppressive." 
The main themes covered in this book include:
  • Specious barriers to writing a lot
  • Motivational goals
  • Starting your own agraphia group
  • A brief foray into style
  • Writing journal articles
  • Writing books
  • The google things still to be written
  • Good books about writing

If you have sometime to invest in reading a great writing guide, "How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing" is definitely worth your consideration. Enjoy